Paul Zak  

Paul Zak
Ph.D in Economics, University of Pennsylvania


Harper East 208

PHONE 909.621.8788


Teaching & Research Interests

Neuroscience and Economics

Paul J. Zak is Professor of Economics and the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University.  Dr. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. His book “The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity" appeared in 2012.  Professor Zak is credited with the first published use of the term "neuroeconomics" and has been a vanguard in this new discipline that integrates neuroscience and economics. He organized and administers the first doctoral program in neuroeconomics in the world at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak's lab discovered in 2004 that an ancient chemical in our brains, oxytocin, allows us to determine who to trust. This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for modern civilizations and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders.  

Curriculum Vitae

Center for Neuroeconomic Studies
Ted Talk

PSYCH 305e
Designing High Performance Organizations Using Neuroscience
SPE 301  Behavioral Neuroscience of Decision Making




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